Camping in Key West During Fantasy Fest

Boyd’s is a privately owned campground, located at mile marker five and is at the city limits of Key West. For the camper wanting to stay close to Key West this campground is hard to beat. This is a campground that pretty much has it all. Amenities’ include but not limited to oceanfront sites with full hookup including cable, heated pool, lounging beach, 24 hour security, free wireless internet, boat ramp and docks, convenience store, city bus service and much more. Boyd’s is a large campground that is well manicured. This campground accommodates tents to the largest of campers; however, some of the sites are pretty tough to get into.

As we all know Fantasy Fest is a large attraction and draws tens of thousands of people. With Key West being an old historical town there is plenty to see and do during the day as well as the night time entertainment. This is what brought us to Boyd’s campground as well as many other campers we meet while camping there. Staying at Boyd’s campground gives one the convenience of being right at Key West without having to pay the price of a hotel room, eating every meal out, and Boyd’s campground has more amenities than most hotels have to offer.

My wife and I discovered the very first day that Key West is great for the person that enjoys bicycle riding. Mind you there is not much riding to be done in the vicinity of the campground. However, we found it quiet easy and very enjoyable to ride our bikes around Key West for everything we wanted to see during the daytime. If one will look at a map of Key West you will see it is very easy to navigate around the town. In addition getting from one destination to another is much easier on a bike than traveling by car. Not to mention that downtown can be a bear trying to park a car, whereas a bicycle can be parked most anywhere.

When leaving the campground it takes about one hour to ride a bicycle downtown to Duval Street. Not only are you getting valuable exercise but one has the ability to stop anywhere and sightsee as we did. The main road around the out skirts of the Island has a wide sidewalk that is excellent for bike riding. Passing by Smathers Beach, yes this is the beach that the travel channel advertises as one of the top ten beaches in the country, park your bicycle and spend some time on this famous beach. Beautiful sand with crystal clear waters makes this beach a popular spot. About another ten minutes of riding time will get you to Harvey Beach and Higgs Beach, then its’ all the beach resorts. Just follow the streets in front of the resorts to get to Old Town.

Once you get to Old Town the streets are narrow, but easy to navigate. If you are in a car, parking is very limited. Hard to see what Old Town has to offer in a car. You will have to find somewhere to park and walk. This is where a bicycle or even a moped comes in very handy. I recommend riding up and down every street, there is more to see than what is advertised. We took the better part of one day to do this; we were amazed to see what this little historical town has to offer.

The second day we rode to Old Town late in the afternoon parked our bikes at the end of Duval Street, next to the Southern Most House and walked Duval Street for a few hours, mind you this is Fantasy Fest week, by day Duval is where one goes for souvenirs, by night Duval is a partier’s street, where ghosts and goblins walk the street. If you decide to ride at night make sure you take a flashlight it helps when riding in the dark.

Saturday night is usually when the Fantasy Fest parade takes place, this alone is worth the trip to Key West. The best place to be for the parade is on the corner of Duval and Front Street right next to the Historic Seaport Boardwalk. You will need to be at this location very early for a lot of people will be at this location. As a matter of fact, all the sidewalks will be packed with people, for this parade is spectacular.

This was one camping trip we did not have much time in the evenings at the campground; however, we did manage to cook and eat most of our meals at the campsite which can save one a good bit of money.